The Internet has given us so much freedom. As our society continues to grow technologically, people are becoming more inclined to keep up with news and current events through social media platforms.
The Internet and social media can be an awesome environment to encourage each other, communicate with people and share our stories. The whole point of social media is to speak about our thoughts,feelings and experiences.
And, perhaps, one of the most powerful things about social is the power it can give to otherwise isolated and marginalized people.
We are all witnesses of what simple, yet so strong hashtags like #MeToo and #TimesUp were able to accomplish. With the #MeToo hashtag, a chorus of voices shared experiences of harassment and assault by famous men.
Social media has given victims of abuse a platform, a network of allies and a public presence. #BlackLivesMatter is another women-led movement that brought the conversation about race and racism into every household in America. It originated on Twitter in 2013 with a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and social media greatly increased its exposure. It was founded by the three African-American women who over the span of three years managed to bring the issue of police brutality against African American women and men into the mainstream. One of the most inspiring movements that was initiated by a girl on social media is #chicagoGirl. Young Ala’a Basatneh, from her room in Chicago, managed to become one of the leading organizers of the effort against the Syrian government. She communicated with activists, journalists and protesters to become a leading voice for the Syrian conflict. This is just an example how you can impact lives of people from another part of the world just by reaching out on social media and using tools that are at your disposal.
This is why it is so important for people to have a voice on social media. Your post could reach people who you may not even know. With Facebook having a share button, Twitter having a retweet button, Instagram with its hashtags and Explore page, your posts could easily reach people of different languages and backgrounds in the blink of an eye. By following a hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, you will be able to meet new people who share common views with you. If you are more of a video person, use Live options on Facebook and Instagram to talk and raise awareness about the topic you’re interested in. You can even host your IGTV short episodes talking about the social issues you’re passionate about. You can start your own vlogs on YouTube or create inspiring boards on Pinterest that will encourage people to act. The options are countless and you have the freedom to express yourself creatively and as often as you want.
You can also use social media platforms to share information about events happening near you, NGO campaigns for the causes that you support or educational material.
Social media has given communities a voice. We should all look at new technology and the Internet as an enabler, a new way of doing things better and more efficient, and not as something that is prone to drown or overwhelm us. By sharing our passion and knowledge with the world, through the power of social media, we are each contributing to making each other better and making our world a better place to live in.